Game of Thrones is over, my tolerance for many people is over, and uni exams are over (for me – good luck if you still have exams and return to this post at a later date!)
Despite always being excited for exams to end, there’s also a post-exam void that’s difficult to fill; the YouTube videos I watched to procrastinate have suddenly lost their appeal and I’m left lost at how to spend my free time.
If you feel the same and need some inspo on how to spend your remaining free time in Notts then have a read of this:
Celebrate at a cocktail bar
For those who know me, they’ll have been expecting this on the list. I might not go clubbing, but I do love a good cocktail bar. Specifically, Pepper Rocks, 400 Rabbits, Tilt, Boilermaker…
If you’re wanting something good for summer that’s out in the open, it’s worth trying out Secret Garden (an outdoor bar / pub) that isn’t in the conventional cocktail area (it’s near the escape room – that’s the only hint I’m giving).
It’s also worth checking out Penny Lane with your newfound free time; the latest addition to Nottingham’s thriving bar scene. It’s a mixture of arcade, cocktail bar and restaurant.
Hire a boat at Highfields Park
For just a fiver you can hire a boat and travel up and down Highfields Lake (the big lake in every promo photo of Uni of Notts).
There’s always an ice cream van nearby too to fuel your journey and the option of mini golf since it’s right beside the lake!
Enjoy the scenery
Having a picnic beside the lake helped get me through revision (or so I tell myself). It’s also a great thing to do when exams are over; chill out with speakers and food beside the lake, on The Downs, or in the Milennial Garden (hidden near LASS building and De Vere).
Alternatively, just take strolls around our lush, green campus. It’s a great way to enjoy the good weather and campus before returning home.
And, of course, Wollaton is a classic place to go to when the sun’s out and you want to relax.
Travelling to Toton Lane and Hucknall have been on my bucket list for a while now. What better way to spend your time doing nothing than to spend it at the tram stop destinations…also doing nothing.
Okay, let’s be real, I don’t think Toton Lane or Hucknall draw in much tourism and travelling to those two places might not be the most exciting, but there are lots of places in Nottingham outside of the campus / Lenton / city area that are worth travelling to. Now that exams are over it could be fun to explore what West Bridgford has to offer, or take a trip to Nottingham’s Ikea.
I’ll admit it’s not quite a European inter-railing adventure, but it’s what we work with on a student budget.
There are SO many good restaurants in Nottingham. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I don’t know why people eat out at chain restaurants in Notts when you can eat at unique places for the same price.
Here are some great places to try out for starters (if you pardon the pun): Sexy Mama Loves Spaghetti for Italian, Zaap Thai for Thai, Yamas Meze and Tapas for Greek, Calcutta Club for Indian, Mandarin Restaurant for Chinese, Ania Polish for Polish…
I could go on, and I probably will at some point for a blog post. Point is, there are really, really good places to eat out in Nottingham that are less well-known and it would be a shame if you chose a classic chain over these each time (though if you’re happy doing that then ignore my opinion).
And if going out isn’t your thing and these suggestions rely too heavily on leaving the house, it could be worth just staying in, downloading Sims 4 and instead spend your free time playing it – after all, it’s free until 28th May!!